States Where Alzheimer’s Is Expected to Increase Significantly

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24. Indiana (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 18.2% (from 110,000 to 130,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.4% — 14th lowest (total: 1,023,588)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 10.7% — 10th lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $20,156 — the lowest

The number of people 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Indiana will rise by 18.2% from 2020 to 2025 to 130,000. Alzheimer’s-related Medicaid costs for state residents who are 65 and older are estimated to increase by 17.1% in the next five years, lower than the projected national increase of 20.2%. Alzheimer’s disease in Indiana has a mortality rate of 38 deaths per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the U.S. average mortality rate that year of 37 deaths per 100,000 people.

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24. Maryland (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 18.2% (from 110,000 to 130,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.0% — 9th lowest (total: 902,678)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 12.2% — 17th highest
> Avg. retirement income: $35,242 — the highest

Medicaid costs cover long-term care for residents 65 and older with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These costs are projected to climb 24.7% in Maryland by 2025. The number of older people with Alzheimer’s is projected to grow from 110,000 in 2020 to 130,000 in 2025, an 18.2% rise. The Alzheimer’s mortality rate in Maryland is the lowest in the country, at 17 deaths per 100,000 people.

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23. Louisiana
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 19.6% (from 92,000 to 110,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.0% — 8th lowest (total: 698,018)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.2% — 6th highest
> Avg. retirement income: $24,780 — 21st lowest

There were 2,165 deaths in Louisiana from Alzheimer’s disease in 2019, or 47 deaths per 100,000 residents, the 10th highest Alzheimer’s mortality rate in the country. Over the five years from 2020 to 2025, the number of older people with the disease is expected to rise by 19.6%, a slightly higher increase than the expected national increase of almost 18.5%. While Louisiana’s share of the population 65 and older residents is among the smallest in the country, the share of people with Alzheimer’s in the age group is among the highest. About 13.2% of the state’s older residents are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, higher than the national average of 12.0%.

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21. Maine (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 20.7% (from 29,000 to 35,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 20.0% — 2nd highest (total: 267,568)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 10.8% — 11th lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $24,421 — 19th lowest

Alzheimer’s disease claimed the lives of 544 Maine residents in 2019 for a mortality rate of 41 per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the national average rate of 37 per 100,000. By 2025, a projected 35,000 people 65 and older in Maine will be living with the disease, a 20.7% increase from 2020. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that the total Medicaid spending for Maine residents 65 and older who have the disease or other form of dementia will grow by 29.5%, the sixth highest increase among states and significantly higher than the projected U.S. increase of 20.2%.

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21. Hawaii (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 20.7% (from 29,000 to 35,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 17.8% — 8th highest (total: 253,606)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 11.4% — 23rd lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $31,924 — 5th highest

The number of people in Hawaii living with Alzheimer’s is projected to climb by 20.7% to about 35,000 by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hawaii has a large 65 and older population, and the risk of Alzheimer’s increases with age, doubling every five years after 65. About 17.8% of Hawaiians are 65 and older, the eighth highest share of all states.